Give Thai students have the big chance to communication with the foreigner. Destroy shyness from them and let them used to foreigner even now not only English is important to be in the world. Education camp is the most wanted from Thai people when thinking of cultural diversity. After many camps have done in the primary schools. The students are getting use to with the foreigners and some dare to speak out. We need to keep continuing their chance to meet and share with international volunteers as their improvement. We hope one day the students from the rural area will have more confident to speak English and face to foreigners, also more understanding in cultural diversity similar as the students in the big city. No more knowledge gap!
Volunteers are expecting to work as English teachers in the secondary school. The school is very small , there are only 38 students in this school. Volunteer can preparing their lesson by themselves but the teacher at the school can give the advice (do not expect this point too much even the teachers are also shy to speak out) and the Thai campleader will always be with you for coordinate and support. No smoking and alcohols drink in public as volunteer would be a good example for student and locals.
The volunteer will get program and time table on the introduction day.
Location Songkhla Province (Every schools is at rural area)
Accommodation Volunteers stay in the school building.
Ø Toilet, shower, electricity, refrigerator, and fans will be provided
Ø Washing clothes by hand.
Ø Mattress and mosquitoes net are provided (wash it before leave)
Ø No food and drinks accept water in accommodation area for your care because some animals such as mouse, snake, lizard etc. will come to share your food.
Ø No any noise after mid night.
Ø Please keep clean and tidy.
Ø Internet and Wi-Fi connection is available.
Ø Volunteers take turn to cook as cooking team
Ø Cooking team go to local fresh market to shop fresh food,
Ø There are Organic farm in school that volunteer will help the student do the farm in the evening.
Ø You are expected to bring your ingredients from your hometown for cultural exchange.
Ø Songkhla beach
Ø Songkhla Zoo, Museum
Ø Local Temple
Ø Songkhla downtown and working street
Ø Floating market
Fee 8,000 Bath cover
Ø Meals (three times a day), 2 break times and accommodation DURING the project period.
Ø Transportation for the program organized by VSA, such as go visit some organic farm.
Ø All travel costs to and from the project and all personal expense during free time such as transportation, alcohol, sweets, etc. must be covered by Volunteers.
Ø It may be very difficult to change or withdraw money during the Project. So, please prepare adequate funds of Thai Bath in Cash beforehand !!
Ø Volunteer should love to play with kids and please bring some teaching material such as book, kids education game, stationary, etc. from your country, it will be the good way for culture exchange and made students have more motivation.
Ø You should prepare travel insurance and visa by yourself before departure
Ø If your behavior during the workcamp is not cooperative (e.g. not working properly, not respecting others, breaking the rules, the local manners and culture, etc.), you will be requested to improve. If there is still no improvement, we may request you to leave the workcamp as the final choice.
What to bring (Base on imagine you are the teacher)
Ø Sleeping bag ( thin one as it is very warm)
Ø Teaching clothes, every shirt need to cover the shoulders, trousers for man and skirt for woman, skirt should cover your knees. Important! No vest, Blue Jeans, shorts when teaching.
Ø No smoking and alcohols drink in public as volunteer would be a good example for students and locals.
Ø Brogue shoe or canvas shoes, no slippers when teaching. Sandal with socks can be comply.
Ø Medicine as you think necessary
Ø Mosquito repellant
Ø Your traditional music and costumes (CDs, ideas for games/ activities).
Ø Materials or sources (brochures, maps, souvenirs, pictures, flags, or handicrafts to introduce
about your country and culture).
Ø Toilet paper / Flash light
Ø Sunglasses and sun-block cream
Ø Any interesting materials such as CDs, ideas for games/activites for students
Ø Energy, enthusiasm and an open mind
Ø Motivation, good humor, and communication skills
Volunteer Spirit Association (VSA Thailand) is a non-profit (NPO)/non-government (NGO) / Peace organization collaborates international voluntary projects for people of all ages, cultures, religious and economic backgrounds.
Our work is based on the belief that to learning, sharing and understanding reduce any conflicts to the last goal that is PEACE.
Volunteer Spirit Association (VSA Thailand) started activities in 2008 as SAWASDEE Thailand (ST) and organized first international workcamp in 2009.
Now VSA is a full member of NVDA (Network Voluntary Development in Asia) and CCIVS (Coordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service) and still keep promoting International Voluntary Service (IVS) in Thailand step by step.
Ø Thai people is kind and always smile for greeting, Thai life is easy, we are easy to live especially with foreigners. So hitch hike is work in Thailand but sometime be careful if you are alone girl.
Ø SAWASDEE Ka is Hello for Woman, SAWASDEE Krub is Hello for Man just say this word when greeting you will get the smile back from Thai.
Ø Water from tab could not drink but just use for washing.
Ø Sometime you will see Thai toilet, please use bath to get water for suppression.
Have a nice and safety trip to Thailand, see you!